Liverpool is home to a wide variety of unique and fascinating museums that cover everything from art to history to natural wonders. If you're planning a holiday in Liverpool, find out everything you need to know to see all the top museums with this guide to the National Museums of Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is the latest addition to the National Museums of Liverpool and chronicles the story of Liverpool and its people. The museum explores themes of the Great Port, Global City, People's Republic and Wondrous Place, exhibiting everything from costume and decorative art to botanical collections, entomological collections, steam locomotives, archaeological materials and other artefacts. The museum also has a children's gallery, an interactive archaeology resource centre and a theatre for audio-visual performances.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: James Street

World Museum

The World Museum is a vast museum with an extensive collection of ethnological, archaeological, natural and physical artefacts. The museum has collections that cover human history, including Egyptology, biology, zoology, geology and space, complete with a planetarium. Some of the artefacts you can see include an Anglo-Saxon Kingston brooch, artefacts from the Canterbury-St Martin's hoard, live insect colonies, preserved specimens of extinct species, fossils and rocks. You could also see shows about space science and exploration in the planetarium.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: Fontenoy Street

International Slavery Museum

The International Slavery Museum is located within the Merseyside Maritime Museum and traces the history of the transatlantic slave trade. It has 3 galleries that focus on the people of West Africa and their experiences with slavery and the fight for freedom. The museum also houses a gallery devoted to life and culture in West Africa prior to the slave trade, which features displays and exhibitions about past and current slavery and human rights issues to raise awareness.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: Strand Street

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Closeup of exhibit at Merseyside MaritimenMuseum

Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a fascinating museum with a focus on the city's seafaring history and life in the Albert Dock area, as well as the connection to the rest of the world. The museum's collections include exhibits on the merchant navy, the RMS Titanic, the transatlantic slave trade and emigration. The museum's highlights include artefacts from Titanic passengers, stories from sailors, artefacts from Lusitania, century-old Liverpool shipping posters and more. The UK Border Agency National Museum is also found within the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: Strand Street

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery is a spectacular art gallery with a huge collection of artwork from local and regional artists dating back to the 1300s. Some of the gallery's notable artists include Rembrandt, Degas, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George. You can also see an extensive collection of 19th-century British art, Victorian paintings, Pre-Raphaelite works and 20th-century works, as well as a large sculpture collection with important works.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Lime Street

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Paintings at Walker Art GallerySudley House

The Sudley House is a historic house, museum and art gallery that holds the vast collection of George Holt, a former resident and shipping-line owner. It boasts works from artists like J.M.W. Turner, Edwin Landseer, Joshua Reynolds and John Everett Millais. The museum also has childhood rooms that display Victorian toys and clothing, a costume room with historic clothing and a gallery for temporary exhibitions.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: North Mossley Hill Road

Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is an excellent museum built by William Lever, 1st VIcount Leverhulme, an industrialist and philanthropist. The museum is a well-preserved example of Victorian and Edwardian architectural and decorative tastes. It also houses a vast collection of British 19th-century paintings and sculptures, as well as some notable 18th-century and 20th-century works. Some other highlights of the collection include Wedgwood, jasperware, Chinese ceramics, Ancient Greek vases, Roman sculpture and other antiquities.

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Opening hours: 10am to 5pm daily

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Nearest Tube: Bebington

Plan your trip to Liverpool

With so much to see and do, it's time to plan your trip to Liverpool. Take a look at other attractions in Liverpool and Liverpool hotels to make the most of your holiday!